- The current program builds on the successes of 2017 water monitoring project in Burrard Inlet and False Creek which demonstrated an appetite for an ongoing citizen-science monitoring hub around downtown Vancouver waters.
- This program was inspired by the success of the Toronto Harbour Monitoring Program, where Lake Ontario Waterkeeper has been collecting water samples and testing for E. coli since 2016. Waterkeeper collects water samples from three main locations in the Inner Harbour, and each of these locations has a combined sewer overflow (CSO) pipe flowing into it. These locations are on Swim Guide and are updated weekly.
- An estimated 400,000 Canadians get sick every year from swimming in polluted waters.
- As Metro Vancouver works toward BC's goal to eliminate sewage overflows by 2050, the city is undergoing separation of its antiquated combined sewer overflow system.
- In 2016, 3,652,000 m^3 of untreated wastewater flowed into False Creek over 495 hours from the Heather Street CSO.
False Creek Sample Results
Year-round, the False Creek Water Monitoring Program staff and a team of well-trained volunteers collect weekly samples from the following sites: Sunset Beach - Aquatic Centre; Brokers' Bay; Alder Bay; Olympic Village Dock; Habitat Island; David Lam Park; Charleson Park.
Samples are then brought to Fraser Riverkeeper’s in-house, microbiological IDEXX lab on Granville Island and analysed using a Colilert system for testing E. coli levels in water. As E. coli is an indicator of sewage, the more E. coli present in a sample the greater risk to public health and the environment. Our data helps provide more information about the recreational water quality in this very popular and busy water body. Vancouver Coastal Health monitors three locations in False Creek: East, Central, and West.
All new sites have been added to Swim Guide, a free app and website, where the sampling results will be published weekly.
To read more about Swim Guide check out the website here or our recent post: http://www.fraserriverkeeper.ca/whats_new_to_swim_guide
Latest Sampling Results
E.coli count MPN/100ml - Last sampled: Jan. 24, 2018
|Location||Single sample result (400 E.coli/100mL)||Geomean (last 5 samples) (200 E.coli/100mL)|
|Alder Bay||1||Not available- sample not taken two weeks ago|
|17.4||Not available- sample not taken two weeks ago|
|Sunset Beach - Aquatic Centre||17.7||9.4|
See previous sample results below:
Recreational water quality criteria
Thank You LUSH!
Thank you to the generous support of LUSH Cosmetics for funding Fraser Riverkeeper’s in-house, microbiological laboratory on Granville Island.